Izzdin and Yasir among new faces for Singapore

Midfielders Izzdin Shafiq and Yasir Hanapi are among a trio of new faces in Bernd Stange's Singapore squad to face Bangladesh and Brunei in upcoming friendlies.

Izzdin has been in sparkling form for the LionsXII this season, starring in their Malaysia FA Cup win over Kelantan just this weekend.

The 25-year-old is one of eleven players from Fandi Ahmad's victorious squad, and will get a chance to link up with former Home United teammate Yasir Hanapi.

Protectors vice-captain Yasir has been a model of consistency this season, and has been rewarded with a first call up to the senior international side.

The duo will be joined by a potential third Singapore debutant in Balestier Khalsa's Zaiful Nizam, one of the S.League's most reliable local goalkeepers in recent campaigns.

“These two friendlies will be our final preparations for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and so it is important that we make full use of these opportunities,” said Singapore head coach Bernd Stange.

“Half of the players in the squad are from the LionsXII because they are the best available in terms of physical preparations and in confidence after last Saturday’s FA Cup final.

“I chose Izzdin because I feel that he has made the most progress of all the players in Singapore in the past six months. His performance in the FA Cup final also indicates that he deserves his first cap soon.

“Zaiful has performed on the international level for Balestier Khalsa in the AFC Cup, and has proven that he is the best goalkeeper in the S.League today.

“Finally, Yasir Hanapi has shown enormous commitment in his performances for Home United and deserves his call-up.”

Also earning a recall are LionsXII's winger-turned-fullback Nazrul Nazari and Tampines Rovers' Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, both of whom last featured in 2013.

Four overseas-based players have also been included, with Hassan Sunny (Army United), Hariss Harun (JDT I), Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan (JDT II) set to join up with their Singapore teammates.

LionsXII Head Coach Fandi Ahmad and Tampines Rovers FC Head Coach V. Sundramoorthy have also been roped into the coaching team for the upcoming friendlies and World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers.

Singapore will take on Bangladesh at the Banghabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on 30 May, before returning home to face Brunei on 6 June.

Friendly Squad to take on Bangladesh and Brunei

Goalkeepers: Hassan Sunny (Army United), Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Zaiful Nizam (Balestier Khalsa)

Defenders: Baihakki Khaizan (JDT II), Ismadi Mukhtar, Shaiful Esah, Zulfadli Zainal Abidin (Tampines Rovers), Madhu Mohana, Nazrul Nazari, Hafiz Sujad, Safuwan Baharudin (LionsXII)

Midfielders: Yasir Hanapi (Home United), Hariss Harun (JDT I), Gabriel Quak, Izzdin Shafiq, Firdaus Kasman, Zulfahmi Arifin (LionsXII)

Forwards: Fazrul Nawaz (Warriors FC), Shahril Ishak (JDT II), Khairul Amri, Khairul Nizam (LionsXII)